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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-04-20 05:41:38 PM
Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.
 
2013-04-20 06:25:19 PM

ZAZ: Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.


Where food is required to be available, it doesn't have to be free.
 
2013-04-20 06:48:36 PM
Missing:  the bartender's garnish tray.

My brother used to be a bartender, and it would piss him off to no end when drunks would come up and start eating the maraschino cherries, jalapenos, etc. that he needed for his drinks.  He'd slap their hands away and snap, "Buffet's an extra ten bucks."
 
2013-04-20 06:56:49 PM
These seem like pretty good bar snacks. If I get a free pickled egg, I consider myself lucky.

Very. Lucky.
 
2013-04-20 06:59:04 PM
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2013-04-20 07:01:36 PM
And here I was impressed with the peanut butter-filled pretzels I got the other day.
 
2013-04-20 07:03:22 PM
A man walked into a bar and sat down, and ordered a beer. As he sipped the beer, he heard a soothing voice say "nice tie!" Looking around, he noticed that the bar was empty except for himself and the bartender at the end of the bar. A few sips later the voice said "beautiful shirt".
At this, the man called the bartender over. "Hey...I must be losing my mind," he told the bartender. "I keep hearing these voices saying nice things, and there's not a soul in here but us."
"It's the peanuts," answered the bartender.
"Say what?"
"You heard me," said the barkeep. "It's the peanuts ... they're complimentary."
 
2013-04-20 07:03:49 PM
Back in 19th century Boston, Lobster and caviar were plentiful locally and considered poor food, and were widely available as free or cheap food in taverns.
 
2013-04-20 07:03:57 PM

ZAZ: Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.


??

Not in the few states where I have lived
 
2013-04-20 07:04:43 PM
Do they actually eat brains in St Louis bars or am I misinformed?
 
2013-04-20 07:09:55 PM

jaytkay: ZAZ: Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.

??

Not in the few states where I have lived


Used to be the case in many places, but I don't think those laws exist anywhere any more. But back in the 19th century it was pretty much universal. Public drunkedness concerns led to laws where any paying customer at a bar had to have access to food, to keep them from getting too hammered. Which is how 19th century bachelors ate- heavy on the sardines, cheeses, and various salted or otherwise preserved foods that bar owners could set out once a week and ignore.
 
2013-04-20 07:10:21 PM

ZAZ: Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.


WTF? I've been to a number of bars in a fair number of states and I can think of maybe 2 that had free bar food. Most just have the cheapo brand doritos and pretzels that you have to buy, and if you're lucky they have frozen pizza they'll cook on the spot.
 
2013-04-20 07:14:26 PM
Oak is a restaurant, not a bar.  Yes, it has a bar in it.  Because it's a restaurant.

Making a dozen free pretzels every day barely counts.
 
2013-04-20 07:23:40 PM
a friendly toss in the privy, then a riffle through the crudite... ahh, fond memories of every bar you've ever been in  right before you got there~   ahahahaahahahahahahaha!
try the edamame.  no, c'mon... try it.
try it.
 
2013-04-20 07:28:51 PM

BigLuca: A man walked into a bar and sat down, and ordered a beer. As he sipped the beer, he heard a soothing voice say "nice tie!" Looking around, he noticed that the bar was empty except for himself and the bartender at the end of the bar. A few sips later the voice said "beautiful shirt".
At this, the man called the bartender over. "Hey...I must be losing my mind," he told the bartender. "I keep hearing these voices saying nice things, and there's not a soul in here but us."
"It's the peanuts," answered the bartender.
"Say what?"
"You heard me," said the barkeep. "It's the peanuts ... they're complimentary."


Ba dum!
 
2013-04-20 07:36:37 PM

lasercannon: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x377]


If the bar you're in serves alcohol, they don't need salty pretzels to make you thirsty.  The alcohol in the booze dose a great job.  Alcohol is a drying agent. so your mucus membranes dry out and you NEED another beer, or daquiri of other foo-foo drink.
remember, 1 beer = 1 shot, it's what Dr,. Bob tells us.
 
2013-04-20 07:40:12 PM

WhippingBoy: These seem like pretty good bar snacks. If I get a free pickled egg, I consider myself lucky.

Very. Lucky.


But it has to be a pickled egg from one of those 3 ft high jars that have been in the bar for 30 years.  The fluid must be opaque.  And finally, you have to reach into the briny goodness to get your egg out with your hand.

Just sitting there with egg brine dripping down your arm, whilst you enjoy your aged egg like a fine scotch.
 
2013-04-20 07:41:08 PM
I'm not afraid of germs from bar snacks because I'll be washing them down with an antiseptic.
 
2013-04-20 07:43:32 PM
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Deliveryman #2: I got a truck-load of sorghum for a Sam Malone.
Sam Malone: [yells] I didn't say I wanted sorghum, I said I wanted some more gum.
Sam Malone: [referring to the machine on which he made the order] God, I hate those things.
Deliveryman #2: It's not my problem. Where did you want me to put this?
Sam Malone: Wh... , I don't know. What is sorghum anyway?
Woody Boyd: It's grain, Sam. It's used to feed livestock.
Sam Malone: [referring to the guys at the bar] Say, if I put it in a bowl, would those guys eat it?
Woody Boyd: Are you kidding, I was late putting out the beer nuts last night, and Mr. Peterson almost snapped off my thumb.
Sam Malone: Fill 'em up.
 
2013-04-20 07:48:45 PM
List fails without Cambridge's B-Side Lounge and their all-you-can-eat gratis boiled eggs on the bar.
 
2013-04-20 07:58:04 PM

Marcintosh: lasercannon: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x377]

If the bar you're in serves alcohol, they don't need salty pretzels to make you thirsty.  The alcohol in the booze dose a great job.  Alcohol is a drying agent. so your mucus membranes dry out and you NEED another beer, or daquiri of other foo-foo drink.
remember, 1 beer = 1 shot, it's what Dr,. Bob tells us.


Sensory excitation - music, lighting, people, games, food - increases drinking rates.  A bar sells drinks, not drunkenness. It really has a disincentive to get you satiated.
 
2013-04-20 08:03:51 PM

AGremlin: WhippingBoy: These seem like pretty good bar snacks. If I get a free pickled egg, I consider myself lucky.

Very. Lucky.

But it has to be a pickled egg from one of those 3 ft high jars that have been in the bar for 30 years.  The fluid must be opaque.  And finally, you have to reach into the briny goodness to get your egg out with your hand.

Just sitting there with egg brine dripping down your arm, whilst you enjoy your aged egg like a fine scotch.


And it has to be done as part of a drunken dare.
 
2013-04-20 08:13:39 PM
Rudy's, 9th av NYC. Free hot dogs. Made from the finest eyelids and ballbags. Awesome juke box, customers from Mos Eisley. Wipe your feet on the way out....
Unfortunately there is no tradition of free pub food in the UK - in fact eating anything in some places would mark you out as a fruity old gaylord that can't hold 9 pints of ale without requiring ballast.
 
2013-04-20 08:15:22 PM

WhippingBoy: AGremlin: WhippingBoy: These seem like pretty good bar snacks. If I get a free pickled egg, I consider myself lucky.

Very. Lucky.

But it has to be a pickled egg from one of those 3 ft high jars that have been in the bar for 30 years.  The fluid must be opaque.  And finally, you have to reach into the briny goodness to get your egg out with your hand.

Just sitting there with egg brine dripping down your arm, whilst you enjoy your aged egg like a fine scotch.

And it has to be done as part of a drunken dare.


Only time I ever ate one it happened exactly like that.  And I was able to enjoy the egg for the entire ten minutes I was able to keep it down.
 
2013-04-20 08:18:38 PM
Many of those weren't free bar food.  They're samplers handed out by chefs to paying customers at expensive 5 star restaurants.  There's a place I used to have near me that once gave out free gourmet chicken chili, but only because they were trying out a new recipe and made too much.
 
2013-04-20 08:22:14 PM

Iron Chef Scottish: Rudy's, 9th av NYC. Free hot dogs. Made from the finest eyelids and ballbags. Awesome juke box, customers from Mos Eisley. Wipe your feet on the way out....


Came here to mention Rudy's as well. Pitchers are damn cheap too (for Manhattan, anyway). Also free 'za at Crocodile and Alligator Lounges.
 
2013-04-20 08:35:59 PM

cptjeff: jaytkay: ZAZ: Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.

??

Not in the few states where I have lived

Used to be the case in many places, but I don't think those laws exist anywhere any more. But back in the 19th century it was pretty much universal. Public drunkedness concerns led to laws where any paying customer at a bar had to have access to food, to keep them from getting too hammered. Which is how 19th century bachelors ate- heavy on the sardines, cheeses, and various salted or otherwise preserved foods that bar owners could set out once a week and ignore.


It's still the law in some places.  My friend owns a bar.  He has to have some sort of food served in order to keep his liquor license so he sells 25 cent bags of chips (like those tiny ones they sell in variety packs).   He said almost no one purchases them but they're required and he doesn't have a kitchen on the premises nor space to have a bunch of food products lying around.
 
2013-04-20 08:49:43 PM

cptjeff: jaytkay: ZAZ: Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.

??

Not in the few states where I have lived

Used to be the case in many places, but I don't think those laws exist anywhere any more. But back in the 19th century it was pretty much universal. Public drunkedness concerns led to laws where any paying customer at a bar had to have access to food, to keep them from getting too hammered. Which is how 19th century bachelors ate- heavy on the sardines, cheeses, and various salted or otherwise preserved foods that bar owners could set out once a week and ignore.


bars in Madrid (and other parts of Spain, but not in Barcelona) happily still follow this rule.

oh Spain. why does your economy have to be such crap? I would move there in a heartbeat.
 
2013-04-20 09:22:52 PM

dumbobruni: cptjeff: jaytkay: ZAZ: Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.

??

Not in the few states where I have lived

Used to be the case in many places, but I don't think those laws exist anywhere any more. But back in the 19th century it was pretty much universal. Public drunkedness concerns led to laws where any paying customer at a bar had to have access to food, to keep them from getting too hammered. Which is how 19th century bachelors ate- heavy on the sardines, cheeses, and various salted or otherwise preserved foods that bar owners could set out once a week and ignore.

bars in Madrid (and other parts of Spain, but not in Barcelona) happily still follow this rule.

oh Spain. why does your economy have to be such crap? I would move there in a heartbeat.


Make your money, sell everything and retire there. Incredibly beautiful and the living is dirt cheap. Who wants to work in paradise?
 
2013-04-20 09:49:16 PM
The brewery in my town offers a free buffet for an hour on Wednesday nights.  Jambalaya, crawfish, hotdogs, etc.  I thought that was pretty cool of them.
 
2013-04-20 10:02:15 PM
I think my local bar has bowls of peanuts (salted, in the shell) sitting near every third seat just to keep out the kids with peanut allergies.

/why do douches bring their kids to bars anyway?
//whats up with this generation's kids being allergic to peanuts all over the place?
 
2013-04-20 10:09:25 PM

BigLuca: A man walked into a bar and sat down, and ordered a beer. As he sipped the beer, he heard a soothing voice say "nice tie!" Looking around, he noticed that the bar was empty except for himself and the bartender at the end of the bar. A few sips later the voice said "beautiful shirt".
At this, the man called the bartender over. "Hey...I must be losing my mind," he told the bartender. "I keep hearing these voices saying nice things, and there's not a soul in here but us."
"It's the peanuts," answered the bartender.
"Say what?"
"You heard me," said the barkeep. "It's the peanuts ... they're complimentary."


I'm such a goddamn sucker for puns.
 
2013-04-20 10:16:05 PM

nanim: /why do douches bring their kids to bars anyway?


I borrow my friend's kids, under the guise of babysitting. Single guy with a 5-year old at the friendly neighborhood bar & grill?

Chick magnet. Even better than a puppy,
 
2013-04-20 10:18:40 PM
Some places also have laws that require a certain percentage of a bar's sales to be food instead of alcohol.
 
2013-04-20 10:34:32 PM

Macular Degenerate: List fails without Cambridge's B-Side Lounge and their all-you-can-eat gratis boiled eggs on the bar.


I bet it smells like a stockyard in there.
 
2013-04-20 10:57:40 PM
The snacks are free. The beers are $9 each.
 
2013-04-20 11:37:56 PM
I'm no germaphobe, but the most disgusting thing I ever saw was a help yourself popcorn machine. In a porno shop next to the jerkoff booths, wait maybe someone told me about this.
this is/was true in minneapolis
 
2013-04-20 11:43:50 PM
I've been in a lot of bars, and not one has had free food. Not even peanuts or pretzels.
 
2013-04-20 11:49:44 PM

whatshisname: The snacks are free. The beers are $9 each.


I've wondered about that.  With a 70-80% profit on each drink, how come?  Trying to keep out the riff - raff?  Or just flat out greedy - that's is isn't it  .  .  .
 
2013-04-21 12:17:55 AM

PillsHere: cptjeff: jaytkay: ZAZ: Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.

??

Not in the few states where I have lived

Used to be the case in many places, but I don't think those laws exist anywhere any more. But back in the 19th century it was pretty much universal. Public drunkedness concerns led to laws where any paying customer at a bar had to have access to food, to keep them from getting too hammered. Which is how 19th century bachelors ate- heavy on the sardines, cheeses, and various salted or otherwise preserved foods that bar owners could set out once a week and ignore.

It's still the law in some places.  My friend owns a bar.  He has to have some sort of food served in order to keep his liquor license so he sells 25 cent bags of chips (like those tiny ones they sell in variety packs).   He said almost no one purchases them but they're required and he doesn't have a kitchen on the premises nor space to have a bunch of food products lying around.


The bar my friend manages in Seattle got around the hot food law by having a freezer full of TV dinners and a microwave in the back.  The TV dinners cost $30 and if you ordered one they threw you out because you were obviously too drunk to keep serving.
/That was 10 years ago, they may have a toaster now.
 
2013-04-21 02:54:09 AM

ZAZ: Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters

I thought it was mandatory in most states as a condition of serving liquor.


Well in my state there is no such state law nor is there such a reg in my city or county, but some of the po dunk "dry" (beer only) counties have such regs for beer license.
 
2013-04-21 08:07:25 AM
Just got back from France and Italy.

You haven't lived until you've ordered a glass of locally made wine (4 euros) and receive:

2 crusts covered in fresh garlic spread
2 crusts covered in fresh pesto
2 crusts covered in fresh tapanade
A bowl of olives grown just down the hill.

FOR FREE.

Oh, and you have a view of the ocean and the vineyards from whence the wine came.


I officially hate everywhere else.


(and yes, I accept free peanuts... probably only 1 or 2 other people touched them.)
 
2013-04-21 10:53:40 AM
Dewey's Flatiron in NYC puts out plates of bacon. Can anyone top that? No, didn't think so.
 
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